July 21st 2010
CATS Public Meetings
Join the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) for a look at how transit improvements over the last decade are benefitting the community and what’s planned for the future to provide greater connectivity for the region.
The same information will be shared at all meetings. This summary is on the CATS public meetings page. For more information about the meetings or transit service near the meeting locations, contact 704-336-RIDE (7433) or visit www.ridetransit.org
Airport Temporarily Closes Security Checkpoint
Charlotte Douglas International Airport has closed Checkpoint A during until Saturday, August 7 for construction to expand the space by approximately 2,000 square feet. The additional square footage will allow Checkpoint A to increase from three security lanes to four. It will also accommodate installment of the advanced imaging technologies scanner (also known as a full body scanner).
Passengers are asked to make note of the closing before arriving to the terminal building. Checkpoints B, C and D will remain open. To assist and minimize wait times for passengers, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will reassign staff to the open checkpoints and will work to keep all of the remaining security lanes open. For more information, visit the Airport’s web site at www.charlotteairport.com.
Register today and learn about building community through projects and partnerships through Community University. Workshops are free and open to all Charlotte residents, but seating is limited to 30 per workshop. Register by visiting neighborhoods.charmeck.org and clicking on the CU icon, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 704-336-2061. View the list of upcoming classes at the Neighborhood & Business Services web site.
CU is a neighborhood capacity building program dedicated to providing high quality training to Charlotte residents to improve the strength and vitality of neighborhood organizations and the overall quality of community life. Courses are intended to engage, inform and equip participants with the training and assistance needed to help them improve and maintain their communities.
Go Green for Charlotte
Residents can Go Green for Charlotte by participating in the City’s improved Recycle It! program. In addition to an improved way of recycling, the majority of Charlotte residents have a new service day for placing garbage, recyclables and yard waste curbside for collection.
New collection day and recycling week information can be found at http://curbit.charlottenc.gov.
Residents are also reminded:
- Recyclables are collected every other week, but on the same day as garbage and yard waste. Garbage and yard waste will continue to be collected weekly, and bulky items still must be scheduled for collection.
- Garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky items should not obstruct the sidewalk when placed out for collection. Collection items should be placed curbside no later than 6:30 am on the scheduled day of collection.
- New items that can be recycled include empty aerosol cans, plastics 1-5 & 7 (except plastic bags, bottle caps/lids, carry-out food cups and containers), juice boxes and wax-coated milk/juice cartons.
- The City will collect recyclables from the recycling cart or up to two bins. Both types of containers will not be collected from one household.
Red bins may be recycled in the recycling rollout cart or taken to one of Mecklenburg County’s full-service recycling centers. For more information about the improved Recycle It! program, visit http://recycleit.charlottenc.gov
Public Forums to Discuss Affordable Housing Policy
The City of Charlotte is conducting five public forums throughout July and August to give citizens a chance to provide feedback on the draft Housing Locational policy.
The Housing Locational Policy provides a guide for the financing and/or development of multi-family rental housing projects designed to serve, in whole or part, households that earn 60% or less than the area median income.
The forums will include an overview of affordable housing in Charlotte, a review of the existing Housing Locational Policy, a presentation of the suggested revisions and a discussion with attendees.
All public input from the forums will be presented to the Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee in late August.
Unable to attend the designated forums? E-mail questions and comments to HLP@charlottenc.gov.
Neighborhood Matching Grants
The Neighborhood Matching Grants program awards funds up to $25,000 to eligible neighborhood-based organizations to support projects that improve neighborhoods. The program awards funds to eligible neighborhood-based organizations for projects that will make neighborhoods better places to live, work, play and shop. The program helps to strengthen neighborhood organizations, while encouraging increased neighborhood participation and partnerships with the city and others.
The next Neighborhood Matching Grants program application deadline is Wednesday, September 15. Interested organizations must send a representative to one of the pre-application workshops listed below. Check out eligibility requirements as well as workshop locations and times at the Neighborhood Matching Grants web site.
For more information, visit the web site or call 704-336-2061.
Celebrate with a Donation
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control Division have joined with Carowinds and 103.7 WSOC-FM to celebrate Snoopy’s 60th Birthday! Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang will give pet presents to pet parents in our community. Help Snoopy celebrate his 60th by donating pet toys, supplies and food to his animal friends.
Bring your donations to Carowinds Monday, August 2 – Saturday, August 7 to put in Snoopy's dog bowl. Donations made on Friday, August 6 will get you a $15 discounted ticket.
Visit the Animal Care & Control web site for more details.
Don’t Drive Day
The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County NC Air Awareness and Clean Air Works! are partnering to lead a Don’t Drive Day on Thursday, August 5. All who commute to work by bus, LYNX blue line, carpool, vanpool, walking, telecommuting or riding a bike will be eligible to win an Apple iPad, a pair of Lowe's Motor Speedway Suite tickets and other prizes. The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County NC Air Awareness and Clean Air Works! are co-sponsoring Don’t Drive Day to promote alternatives to driving to work alone as a way to help individuals alleviate air pollution and traffic congestion.
Eligible commuters can register at www.dontdriveday.org or by phone by calling 704-336-RIDE (7433) on August 5, and are automatically entered to win prizes. Entries are due by noon on August 6, and winners must live or work in the Charlotte ozone non-attainment area, which includes Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston and York (SC) counties.
For more information visit Mecklenburg County Air Quality.
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